2004 Poetry Advisory Committee: Bonnie MacEwan, William Brockman, William Joyce, Gabriel Welsch, Steven Herb
2004 Poetry Selection Committee: Marjorie Maddox-Hafer, Paul Martin, Judy Vollmer
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Notes on the Unspoken
Deirdre O’Connor’s poem, “Notes on the Unspoken,” performs the feat of giving shape to nothing. As the poem progresses, the silence itself changes until it becomes not only something specific, but something of speed and beauty.
Barbara Crooker’s poem “Ordinary Life” speaks of the “unexpected gift” provided by children as well as the confluence of time and seasons. It is a good example of how a poem often turns to reveal what a particular piece is really about, the unexpected gift of insight or awareness experienced by the writer and reader.
Len Roberts’ “The Moment,” celebrates two moments: the first being the surprise of our children so captured in the poem. The second is the ability and desire to try and capture such a moment, and to do so without either too sentimental or too dismissive a treatment.
Ed Ochester’s poem, “What the Frost Casts Up,” reminds gardeners what the winter can do. At this time when what has survived now flourishes, may you read this poem and have it come back to you as you survey what the frost and snow will have unsettled next year.